Saturday, September 25, 2010
K10: The Red and Blue or Anchieta's Sunbird appeared on the highest value of the 1988 definitive birds set, and shows a lovely species of sunbird found in southern Africa. Named in 1878, it ranges from Angola and Malawi south.
50t: White-tailed Crested Flycatcher: I am still trying to locate more detailed information on this bird, and would appreciate anything readers may know about it.
50c WWF Oribi: this small antelope (just over 2 feet tall at shoulder) has one of the widest distributions of any savannah dwelling ungulate. It is found virtualy throughout Sub-Saharan AFrica, from Senegal to Kenya to southern Africa. They are found in pairs or small groups, avoiding larger herds as other antelopes do. The oribi is the subject of an intensive WWF project to monitor captive-bred animals released into protected areas, to gather data on their habitat use and home ranges.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
The three marine fish stamps are from the current definitive series. They picture the Seychelles Anenomefish (50c), the Picasso Triggerfish (R2), and the Seychelles Squirrelfish (R3). The other stamp (R1.50) depicts swimming from a set commemorating the Beijing Olympics of 2008. All of these stamps were affixed to a single recent postcard.
Monday, September 6, 2010
E 1.60: Maidens perform the reed dance, a traditional ceremony to honor the Queen Mother of this small mountain kingdom. The dates of the umhlanga reed dance are determined by the moon cycle, and only childless, unmarried girls can take part. This stamp was issued to commemorate the 40th anniv. of Swazi independence.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
70 fr: this issue from Zaire was overprinted as the country changed names after 1998. It shows the Dark Chanting Goshawk, a solitary bird of prey which inhabits humid areas of central Africa. It preys on lizards and small reptiles.